Is the perceived humor of a video clip affected by a smile?
Samaha, Melinda L.
humor , video , Smile , emotional response , Perception
In the past there have been many conflicting results from research done on the relationship between smiling and its effect on emotional responses. This experiment tested the theory that if a participant's mouth is manipulated into the form of a smile it would change his or her perception of a humorous video clip. Participants consisted of 20 undergraduates who were divided into two conditions; one group viewed a video clip with a manipulated smile on their face, and the other group, the control, were prevented from smiling. An independent samples t-test found significant results for the effect of a smile on the humor of the video clip.